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Aston Villa defender Mings: Van Dijk an inspiration

Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings admits he looks up to Liverpool rival Virgil van Dijk.

Mings was called up to the England squad following an impressive start to the season with Aston Villa.

When asked about the Van Dijk comparison in his Three Lions press conference, Mings said: "I think he is perhaps one of the most complete centre-backs in world football right now.

"I try to watch as many clips of different centre-backs as possible and take different inspirations from different places and different people.

"He is definitely one person I would love to emulate on the pitch. To be mentioned in the same sentence or breath as him is an extremely positive thing.

"I wouldn't make those comparisons just yet. I've got a long way to go for that, but it's nice. The Villa fans are brilliant so those comparisons are fine with me."

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